Published on the cusp of the new millennium, Sullivan's third book of poems, Star Waka, came with some strings attached: each poem had to feature either a star, a waka, or the ocean. Within these parameters, and in 2001 lines, Sullivan creates 100 poems that, he says, themselves function like a waka: 'members of the crew change, the rhythm and the view changes – it is subject to the laws of nature'.
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Robert Sullivan's importance as a significant voice in Maori writing . . . is well acknowledged now, and his recently published volume of poems, Star Waka, will help confirm this reputation. – William Broughton, Landfall